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Boston Globe: Antico Moderno focuses on fresh sounds for period instruments

antico-moderno-webBoston Globe | By David Weininger
May 15, 2015

Jacques Wood’s eureka moment came when he was a graduate student at Yale. Having completed the academic portion of his doctoral studies in cello performance, Wood in 2010 began an immersion in early music practice with Robert Mealy, one of the country’s prominent historical-string players. For many musicians trained on modern instruments, the first serious encounter with instruments of the past can be such a bombshell that they end up pursuing early music with a convert’s zeal.

For Wood, the experience brought a different insight no less revelatory. “My initial reaction was that playing early music for the first time felt a lot like playing new music for the first time,” he said in a recent conversation at a Harvard Square cafe. “It’s the same feeling, where there’s no tradition attached to it. You’re looking at it for the first time.” MORE

Published May 15, 2015
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Cellist Jaques Lee Wood to give DMA recital November 6

Jaques Lee Wood, cello

Jaques Lee Wood, cello

The presents a recital by cellist Jacques Lee Wood on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 7:30 pm. Mr. Wood’s recital is the culmination of his studies toward the Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) degree. Esther Park will accompany on piano. LIVESTREAM

The program will begin with Beethoven‘s Seven Variations on “Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen” from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. Next will be a 2010 composition by contemporary American composer  Jacob Cooper ’14DMA entitled Arches. Cooper has been lauded by The New Yorker as “a maverick electronic song composer.” The first half of the concert will end with Bach‘s Sonata in G major, BWV 1027. MORE

Published October 27, 2014
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Music by Jacob Cooper featured in Nov. 7 recital

cooper_jacob3The Yale School of Music presents a Doctor of Musical Arts recital featuring music by Jacob Cooper on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 8 pm. Lauded by The New Yorker as “a maverick electronic song composer,” Mr. Cooper’s bold compositions and multimedia works have garnered attention at renowned venues including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s and Wild Up’s Brooklyn Festival. MORE

Published October 22, 2013
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Melrose music: Guest performers in free classical event

Melrose Free Press

woodThe next program of the Beethoven Society of Melrose will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m., at First Congregational Church, 121 West Foster St., Melrose. The church is handicap accessible.

The Beethoven Society extends a warm welcome to Jacques Lee Wood (jacquesleewood.com), a renowned baroque cello chamber musician and accompanist. His stellar playing last season of the Bach Suites in G and C majors was enjoyed by the Beethoven Society’s audience, in a top-notch performance. Wood will be accompanied by pianist Naoko Sugiyama (naokosugiyama.com), well known in the Boston area for her performances.

The program will include pieces by Domenico Gabrielli, Franz Schubert, Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven.


Published September 12, 2013
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Cellist Jacques Wood gives a lecture-recital on historical performance and Beethoven May 5

Pianist Ryo Yanagitani joins Wood in performing sonatas on historical and modern instruments

The Yale School of Music will present a lecture-recital by cellist Jacques Lee Wood on Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College St., New Haven). Wood, a graduate of the School of Music, is a member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble and studies historical performance practice with early music specialist Robert Mealy.

In his presentation, Wood will examine issues of historical performance practice in Beethoven’s cello sonatas and will discuss how they apply to today’s performers. The lecture, writes Wood, “will discuss and demonstrate the idiomatic writing, musical syntax, and performance practices of the Classical period – ultimately suggesting these elements as viable inclusions to current interpretation.”

Along with pianist Ryo Yanagitani, Wood will illustrate the lecture with examples played on both historical and modern instruments. On historical instruments, including the School of Music’s fortepiano built by Rodney Regier, the duo will play Beethoven’s Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor and Sonata No. 3 in A major. Wood and Yanagitani perform frequently together as Duo Chrysalis.

Admission to the lecture-recital is free. MORE

Published April 15, 2011
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